AotA 43: Size Envy


“This isn’t just an iteration, it’s a revolution.”

Welcome to another episode of our weekly Android podcast, Attack of the Androids. Mat Lee here, and on episode 43 of the show I’m joined by the cast minus the one who’s on vacation. We have Joey Kelley, Seth Heringer and Eric Finkenbiner along for the ride and let me be the firs to tell you it’s going to get bumpy. Anyway we have a full show tonight with topics including a half hour review of the Samsung Galaxy S III, LTE in Montana finally, unlocking, rooting and putting Jellybean on a Verizon Galaxy Nexus, Apple’s seven inch iPad mini, the OUYA Android gaming console, and more Android malware just to name a few. All this plus this week’s app picks, absolutely free! All we ask in return is that you tell your friends about the show.

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Let’s talk about the Phone of the Moment, which is once again the Samsung Galaxy S III. Mostly because Seth just got his. Prepare for a solid 30 minute review of this amazing device.

Parts of Montana finally got Verizon LTE flipped on. It really makes the device seem much faster. Or maybe it’s the Jellybean rom I’m running on my Galaxy Nexus.

Here’s an intersting write up I posted in the AotA Subreddit about how the Galaxy Nexus is measuring your signal strength. You have a better signal than you think.

My Samsung Galaxy SIII randomly exploded. You know, after my friend put it in a toaster oven. Like Eric says on the show, it’s a tale as old as time.

Stay tuned next week when Seth tells us what he really thinks about the Galaxy SIII after using it for a week.

If you want a Galaxy S III with an unlocked bootloader, it’s going to cost you. It’s the new $600 Galaxy S III Developer Edition!

After Seth’s Samasung Galaxy SIII review, I give you my Jellybean review. In summary, it’s AWESOME!

If you have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus and want to try out Jellybean before it gets pushed to your device OTA, check out the Team Liquid Jellybean thread over on XDA.

I am using Vicious JellyBean V3 with the Faux beta 19 1.8Ghz kernel. Remember, what works great for me MAY NOT WORK for you. Try a few of them until you see what works best for your hardware.

Let’s talk about Apple’s 7 inch iPad mini. Does this validate the less than ten inch tablet?

I would love to have a massive 20 or 30 inch “tablet.” I would definitely make a coffee table out of it. Just think how awesome that would be. Seriously.

Have you heard of the OUYA? They basically just beat the Internet winning a whopping 1.8 million dollars on their 99 dollar Android gaming console kickstarter project. I definitely want one.

Good news! If you have the Google Nexus Q, you can now install and run apps on it! Of course it will take a little hacking, but you can do it.

Remember that massive Android malware problem? Oh yea, it was Yahoo’s fault… and the news completely gets it wrong as usual.

Microsoft is signing deals left and right. Pretty soon it’s not going to matter if they can make relevant products, because they will make money from everyone else who is.

If you want Google Now, now, you can put it on your device, as long as your running an ICS AOSP rom.

More malware in the market? Just make sure you aren’t stupid about what you download, and you’ll be just fine. If you ever have a question about an app, just ask!

AotA App Picks for episode 43

Joey – SpeedMoto by OoO Studio

Seth – HipMunk Hotel and Flight Search by Hipmunk

Eric – Broken Sword Directors Cut by Revolution Software ltd

Mat – Google Analytics by Google

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